In college, the dining hall had a made-to-order station featuring a different dish ever night. General Tso’s nights were one of my favorites – you could pick your protein, vegetables and type of rice for a customizable dinner. I always got chicken and broccoli with brown rice. When I moved off campus, it was one of the few things I missed about the dining hall.
I quickly learned to recreate it at home and it’s been one of our go-to dinners on busy nights since – it’s on the table in about twenty minutes. It’s also a really flexible recipe. Broccoli not your thing? You can sub in snap peas, green beans or another vegetable. Small meatballs or pork can be subbed for the chicken.
If you’re going for the classic, though, here’s what you’ll need.
This serves 4-6, but can easily be halved for a smaller crowd.
- 1 pkg. (25.5 oz.) frozen popcorn chicken
- 1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen broccoli
- 1 bottle (14 oz.) General Tso’s sauce
- Brown rice, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes, or until warmed through and crunchy on the outside. While the chicken bakes, prepare the rice and broccoli according to package directions.
- Pour the sauce into a large frying pan over medium heat. Heat until starting to bubble and then add the baked chicken and cooked broccoli. Toss to coat.
- Serve over rice.
Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.